Case over disputed wind line advances to state Supreme Court

The legal fight over a wind transmission line that developers want to run across part of Missouri is moving to the state Supreme Court.

An opinion filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals ordered that the matter be transferred to the state’s high court.

Houston-based Clean Line Energy has proposed constructing at 780-mile line to transmit wind energy from western Kansas, through Missouri and other states, to eastern population centers. The plan for the line, dubbed the Grain Belt Express, has been rejected multiple times by the Missouri PSC, most recently in September 2017.

In dismissing the plan in September, the PSC said the project “is in the public interest and will greatly benefit the State of Missouri.” However, the PSC said it did not have the authority to approve the project.

Judge Lisa Page ruled the Missouri Public Service Commission “erred” in that ruling.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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